Blackstar have announced a new amp to accompany the popular Fly 3 guitar amplifier, and its aimed squarely at bass players. Pressed into a similar desktop format as its guitar cousin, the Bass Fly is also available with an extension speaker option. Briefly shown first at NAMM 2016, but not available until around May this year, the new bass version of the Fly has been built to handle the low frequencies and includes the ability to run off of batteries or an external power supply, just like the original guitar version.
The whole concept is a portable, very compact and yet good-sounding practice amp which can also double up as a computer monitor speaker or music playback system. I own one of the original guitar versions and if the new bass version is anything like that one then I imagine it will be very popular. Mine lives on my desk and gets frequent use. I am very impressed with its overall sound, and it seems to last for months off of a single set of six AA batteries.
The controls for the Bass Fly are as follows: Gain, EQ Comp and Volume. There are inputs for your bass, for audio in the form of, say, an MP3 player and a headphone out socket for when you need to practise silently without annoying anyone.
This should be a popular unit if it sounds anywhere near as good as the original guitar version does. My only reservation would be that low frequencies tend to make little amps rattle, but as there are no audio demos of the unit at the time of me writing this, I cannot say for sure if this will be an issue or not. There are no official details on their site as yet though either.
Pricing: RRP GBP £49.99 For just the Bass Fly 3 or £79.99 for Bass Fly and extension speaker